The Iowa Arboretum is a serene location for your wedding. We have both indoor and outdoor rental facilities. Choose from the Hughes Education Center, the Beckwith Grand Pavilion, the Jones Memorial Gazebo or any one of our beautiful gardens to make your day memorable. We will also keep the Hughes Education Center available at no extra cost in the event of inclement weather. Arboretum staff, working with the wedding party, will make the final decision as to ceremony location should the weather be uncooperative.
A $200 deposit is required to reserve the date for your special day and is non-refundable. Usage of our kitchen facilities for a rehearsal dinner is $250. We have a removable dance floor available for $200. We also have a personnel carrier that can be used on the grounds to transport guests with walking difficulties. It is available for $25. Please see the rental fees for additional information.
Usage of the following equipment is included in the rental fees:
250 white folding chairs for outdoor use
24 round tables, 60” diameter for outdoor use
26 round tables, 60” diameter for indoor use
240 upholstered chairs for indoor use
We have additional 4’ x 8’ rectangular tables at your disposal
We are limited in the sound equipment we can provide for your wedding and/or reception. Please check with Arboretum staff to see if our equipment will meet your needs. If not, you will be responsible for securing and setting up the sound equipment you bring to the Arboretum. There are electrical outlets available in the Beckwith Pavilion and Jones Memorial Gazebo.
The Iowa Arboretum is a rental facility only. We do not make the arrangements such as catering, flowers, decorations, etc. A list of local businesses that provide wedding services can be found at the bottom of this page.
If you have reserved the Arboretum for your reception, you will have access to the kitchen facilities which include a full size catering fridge. You are allowed to use the Arboretum’s coffee makers. We do not allow the use of the Arboretum’s dishes, silverware or table clothes. Please see the catering page (link to catering page) for a list of some of the local caterers who have worked here before.
We do allow wine or champagne toasts at your wedding reception with prior approval and a caterer with a liquor license. We do not permit excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages during a wedding or reception.
The buildings can be reserved at no extra charge the day prior to the ceremony in the afternoon or evening for decorating and/or rehearsal.
We do not allow colored paper or ribbon attachments to the arbors, gazebo or pavilion. We recommend the use of freestanding flower arrangements. All decorations must be removed after the wedding.
Only fresh flower petals may be used to lie on the aisle. Real petals take care of themselves in a matter of days while artificial ones take much, much longer.
Wedding directional signage placed along the roadways leading to the Arboretum must be removed following the wedding.
Buildings & grounds must be cleaned up and vacated by 11:00pm. Arboretum staff will be on hand to direct parking, drive the personnel carrier and secure the building at the end of the evening. Please plan to assist our staff with some aspects of chair and table set up so it is arranged to your specifications.
The Iowa Arboretum is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items.
The Iowa Arboretum is open to the public. This holds true even when the facilities are reserved for weddings and receptions. Whenever possible, we will request that visitors avoid the wedding area but they have the right to walk the grounds, be in the lobby or gift shop and use the restrooms. We will not schedule bus tours during the time of the wedding and will do our utmost to help make your wedding day a very special occasion.
This list contains businesses and individuals who have worked at the Arboretum before as well as other resources. You are welcome to use any company you prefer.
Wilcox Printing, Madrid
Baymont Inn and Suites, Boone
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